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Ph 5.8 with co2

Hello i just recieved my co2 system from green leaf aquariums and a milwaukee mc122 controller. I knew my ph was a bit low and after calibrating the probe the ph from the tap is 5.8 and that is also what my aquarium is at. Ive had a bottle of seachem alkaline buffer but havent used it until last night. I was waiting to get a better measurement of ph. My kh is about 2 drops before it turns color too. So i added the dosage it recommended and it shot up to 7 last night. This morning its back at 6.4. I want it to stabilize at around 7.4 or even a little higher. I want to breed my bolivian rams but have read they wont breed till the ph is around 7.4 so thats why im messing with the ph. Is there a way to acheive this or am i wasting my time?? If im wasting my time anyone know any community fish thar will breed in a low ph?
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My tap is about 3 ' kh and 3' gh. My co2 runs at about 30ppm. My Bolivians breed constantly. I think if you have a pair and you feed them they lay eggs


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Oh cool. Thanks. Im not sure if i have a pair. I have 6 of them in the tank but ive only had them maybe a couple months so they may nees time. Its hard to find trustworthy information online about these fish!!
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I find PH is not really as important as stressed when dealing with CO2 changes. We all read that African cichlids "require" high PH but I run my planted breeding tank at PH 6.6 now and find it works for my fish.
A bit of trouble to fish holding females out of a planted tank with lots of cover but I'm willing to do the extra work to get what I want in appearance of the tank.
When it comes to water parameters, I wait to see if it works before making any real efforts to change water as it gets way too big, too fast for me to consider fighting my water and nature.
When/if I find trouble, then I will work the problem.
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Oh cool. Thanks. Im not sure if i have a pair. I have 6 of them in the tank but ive only had them maybe a couple months so they may nees time. Its hard to find trustworthy information online about these fish!!


They are great fish. Six is a good number. Push temp up to 78-80 and feed lots of protein. You will know in a brief time if you have pairs


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